September is almost over, so it’s time to look forward to another month. October in Lisbon will be filled with special events and activities, and there are five that you should strongly consider doing:
TAGUS RIVER CRUISE
See Lisbon from the perspective of its famous explorers — from the water. October is your last chance to go on the Tagus sightseeing tour until next April, so get your camera ready and go from the Age of Discovery monuments in the BelÃ©m district all the way to the futuristic Parque das NaÃ§Ãµes. You’ll admire Lisbon’s skyline, see its monuments from a different perspective, and gain a new appreciation for the city’s setting and atmosphere. Book it here: Tagus River Sightseeing Cruise
DOCLISBOA – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
It takes place in the city every October, and this year it will be from the 15th to the 25th. It presents the world’s best documentaries from the past year, and there will be several awards, including Best Feature Documentary.
EXPERIMENTA DESIGN EXHIBITIONS
You have until the 8th of November to experience one of Lisbon’s biggest cultural events that only happens every two years. Check out the special exhibitions of the Experimenta Design biennial, focusing on design, architecture, and contemporary culture.
SEE HOW LISBON STARTED GLOBALIZATION
We told you about it last June, so it’s time to remind you that Lisbon’s most important exhibition of the year is being shown right now in the Ancient Art Museum until the 11th of October. It’s called “Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries,” organized by the Smithsonian Institution and previously shown in Washington DC and Brussels. A few priceless national works have been added to Lisbon’s exhibition and it’s a fascinating but often forgotten story showing how Portugal started globalization with its trade and cultural ties with the East.
THE HISTORY OF MODERN PORTUGUESE ART
As already posted here yesterday, the Chiado Museum is showing a special exhibition of modern Portuguese art which includes works from Portugal’s most prominent artists. That’s until the 31st of October and be sure to take advantage of the free Sunday mornings.